Researchers in Switzerland believe they've isolated the so-called "God particle," the sub-atomic piece of matter at the heart of the Big Bang Theory.
Scientists believe the particle, also known as the Higgs Boson, named for British physicist Peter Higgs, gives matter in the universe its size and shape.
Higgs helped launch the search for the "God particle" more than 40 years ago. It has since evolved into a massive project involving 10,000 scientists from 80 countries.
In 2008, Switzerland's CERN center unveiled an atomic particle collider built in a 17-mile tunnel running between the French and Swiss borders for testing and research.
"We have this machine that accelerates protons in two different directions. They slam together, creating 14 trillion electron volts -- temperatures and energies not seen since the onset of the Big Bang," explained Dr. Michio Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York.
"When these two beams of protons collide at a fantastic energy, it creates a spray of subatomic particles," he continued. "Then we run the videotape backwards. We run it backwards to find what particle existed at the very instant of the collision."
And that's when they found what they believe to be the infamous particle.
"When these very powerful particle beams collide together inside our experiments, what actually goes on there is in that very tiny instance of time, we are re-creating an area of huge energies," Dr. Tara Shears, particle physicist at CERN said.
"We are actually recreating what the universe looked like in a billionth of a second before the Big Bang," Shears said.
CERN Research Physicist Dr. Rolf Landua said discovering the particle helps answer the question "why are we here?"
"What happened in the very beginning? How is it possible that life exists in this universe? Now we have, finally, the chance to study that in the laboratory by just recreating the conditions as they were at that time," Landua said.
Now that the "God particle" is believed to have been found, it begins what one scientist called "a major adventure in modern physics."
Paul Taylor, with the Christian apologetics group Creation Today spoke with CBN News more about the so-called "God particle" and what it means for the evolution vs. creationism debate. He also explains how Christians can consider scientific discoveries while also honoring and respecting scripture.
Click play to watch his comments on CBN Newswatch, July 5.